Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2018     Views: 38

The Periodical Finder allows users to search for an individual journal by title or ISSN number. Users can also browse journals by title or by subject. The Periodical Finder allows users to see if the library has access to a journal and if so, how much access we have to it (e.g. issues from ten years ago to today) and where they can access the journal (e.g. in a database vs. in our print collection).

You can find a journal by going to the library homepage, and selecting Periodical Finder under the "Find Books, Articles, & More" drop down in the gray bar at the top of the page. You can either search for journals by Title, Subject, or ISSN/ISBN, Browse by Title, or Browse by Subject.

To browse by title

  1. You can browse for journals by title by using the "Browse By Journal Title" alphabet located underneath the search box.  

    Periodical Finder Browse by Title Screenshot

  2. If your journal starts with a B, click B and a new page will appear.  You can limit your results by selecting "peer reviewed journals," indicating a subject, or selecting a publisher.

    Screenshot of what the browse by title screen looks like

  3. Once you find the journal you are looking for, you will want to select the database that has the best date range for you to search in or locate a specific article.

Browse by discipline

  1. You can browse for journals by discipline by using the "Browse by Discipline" area located below the "Browse by Journal Title" alphabet.
  2. You can select the discipline you are looking to explore, for example, Engineering. 

    Periodical Finder Browse by Discipline Screenshot

  3. Your results will open on a new page.  You can limit your results by selecting peer reviewed journals, selecting a narrower subject(s) (for example, mechanical engineering), or by indicating a source type.

    Screenshot of results page of browsing by discipline

You can also find a journal by using the Online Library Catalog to search by ISSN or Journal Title. Check out the video below for more information.

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